What defines your health? It’s not just one aspect of behavior or lifestyle; it’s different pieces or parts that, when put together, sustain the best health. A common framework for this is the six pillars of health. There are various versions: this one is adapted from the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.
1. A whole-food, plant-inclusive eating pattern
- Eat one plant-based meal daily.
- Add two servings of vegetables for lunch and dinner.
2. Physical activity
- Add ten more minutes of movement to your current activity schedule.
3. Restorative, or quality, sleep
- Six hours of quality sleep nightly counts as restorative.
- Create a nighttime environment conducive to sleep (limit caffeine from late afternoon, turn off screens, cool down the temperature).
4. Stress management
- Practice intentional breathing exercises.
- Practice meditation, or stillness, for 5 minutes daily.
5. Positive, meaningful social connections
- Connect with someone on a personal level routinely.
- Give someone else a significant compliment.
6. Avoidance of risky substances
- Cut back on amounts of alcohol, tobacco, or stimulants.
- Explore your reactions to your thoughts, feelings, and environment. Can you upgrade to a healthier outlet?
Which of the six do you have down pat? Could one or more of the six use a little help? Any answer is OK. Start from where you’re at. Enrich your life, emotionally and physically, for your best health.
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